There will be plenty of racing action in the area this weekend, with Saturday’s fifth annual Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway highlighting the events.
Things actually kick off Thursday evening with action at BAPS Motor Speedway. The 410 sprint cars and 358 sprint cars will compete. For the 358 sprints, it will be the sixth leg (sort of) in the Kevin Nouse-presented Summer Series. The BAPS event was rained out once already this season.
Sprint racing moves to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday evening and it will be a gigantic program. Rain at feature time last week has set up a dream program for open-wheel fans. Both the 410 sprints and the 358 sprints will have make-up features, as well as a full program of regular racing Friday.
The make-up race for the 410 sprints is the $5,077-to-win Al Hamilton Tribute Race, which also carries a starting spot for Saturday’s Dirt Classic at Lincoln. With no laps completed last week, the make-up race will have a complete restart, except for the cars that were involved in a first-lap tangle. They will start at the rear.
The make-up race for the 358 sprints is the final leg of the Summer Series, and of course, the field is set for that one.
After that, both classes have a full program, with the 410 sprints going in an Outlaw Tune-Up race, using the World of Outlaws line-up procedures. The 358 sprint race is the final 358 point race of the season at the Grove.
That all sets up things for Saturday’s Dirt Classic at Lincoln. With a unique qualifying format, and $25,000 on the line for the winner, the Dirt Classic promises to be just that — a classic. Last place pays an area-high $1,500. It’s a 410 sprints-only program at Lincoln Saturday.
Last year, Lance Dewease won the Dirt Classic, while Stevie Smith has two wins in the event and track champ Brian Montieth has one.
The Dirt Classic benefits the Kasey Kahne Foundation and is promoted by some of Kahne’s family members.
There is other action in the area this weekend.
Selinsgrove Speedway will host the World of Outlaws late models on Saturday evening, with $10,000 going to the winner. The pro stocks also compete at Selinsgrove.
The wingless super sportsmen compete at Path Valley Speedway on Friday evening, and then their winged cousins headline at BAPS on Saturday. The limited late models and street stocks also race at BAPS.
Trailway Speedway has the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial for the smaller cars on Saturday. The legends cars, along with both the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints, are on the slate.
Tuscarora 50 update: The rainout of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway a little more than a week ago has created an interesting make-up date.
The "Tusky" will now be part of the World of Outlaws weekend at the Port at the end of October.
The Outlaws were set for their first-ever, two-day show at the Port for Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. The Friday show will go on as planned, with $8,000 to the winner. The Saturday show will now be the Tuscarora 50, with $51,000 to the winner. Both nights will be Outlaw sanctioned.
Does this mean we now have two “Nights Before the 50?"
YCRC meeting: The York County Racing Club will actually kick off the week with a general membership meeting on Wednesday evening at the club hall in Zions View.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with a meal beforehand.
This month’s guest speaker is super sportsman driver Garrett Williamson, who is a winner this season at BAPS and has a long family history in local racing. His father, George, has been a sign painter and one of the area’s leading race car letter painters for years. His late uncle, Kramer Williamson, is of course a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
EMMR party: The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will host a “Picnic/Work Party” at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
1984: In 1984, it was National Open weekend at Williams Grove, and two of the area’s most iconic cars graced victory lane over the two-day show.
In Friday night’s preliminary feature, Keith Kauffman drove Al Hamilton’s No. 77 to his 31st win of the season. In Saturday’s National Open, it was Doug Wolfgang scoring his seventh win since joining Bob Weikert’s team with the famed No. 29.
In a move we don’t see anymore, Lincoln also raced that Saturday night against the National Open. Hanover’s Bobby Allen won that race in his trusty No. 1a for his fifth win of the season.
Susquehanna Speedway (now BAPS) wrapped up the weekend with a Sunday evening show that fell to Stevie Smith in Jeff Creasy’s No. 19. That win was Smith’s fifth of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (4) 1,263
2. Lucas Wolfe (6) 1,148
3. Freddie Rahmer (6) 1,111
4. Danny Dietrich (9) 990
5. Brian Montieth (8) 903
6. Lance Dewease (10) 786
7. Brock Zearfoss (2) 578
8. Anthony Macri (1) 557
9. Cory Haas (2) 481
10. T.J. Stutts 392